Many people think that being a movie star will earn lots of money. However, the richest Korean Actors are from Korean dramas.
When Kdrama lovers are watching Kdramas, it is not uncommon that we can’t get enough and stop without finishing the whole series. As Kdramas gained popularity on television and streaming platforms like Netflix, Korean drama actors are showered with more jobs.
So, here are the richest Korean drama actors of 2021
10. Song Joong-ki
Which Kdrama lovers don’t know the actor of Descendants of the Sun? Though he is famous for his role in that Kdrama, he gained fame from Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the variety show Running Man.
Song Joong-ki earns US$ 50,000 per episode, with a total of roughly US$ 5 million as of the beginning of 2021. As Kdrama fans, you must not miss Song Joong-ki performance in Space Sweepers.
9. Lee Seung-gi
Starting his career in Korean dramas as supporting roles, Lee Seung-gi is now popular among Kdrama lovers as one of the highest-paid actors. Paid as much as US$ 59,000 per episode, he has earned approximately US$ 7 million from Kdrama only.
Not only is Lee Seung-gi a talented actor, but he is also a brilliant singer. Lee Seung-gi is now preparing his comeback as a singer with his 7th full-length album.
8. Lee Jong-suk
The actor of Bonus Book, Pinocchio, and fantasy drama W: Two Worlds Apart has just finished his military service. We can expect Lee Jong-suk to start preparing his new Kdrama in mid-2021. As a richest Kdrama actor, Lee Jong-suk earns US$ 50,000 per episode, with a total of roughly US$ 10 million.
Many Kdrama fans might not know that Lee Jong-suk was about to be a Kpop idol under SM Entertainment!
7. Yoo Ah-in
With his well-mannered personality and captivating smile, Yoo Ah-in becomes the most in-demand Korean drama actor. Recently, he has gained global attention for his role in the award-winning film Burning in 2018. He earns US$ 50,000, and his total earning is more than US$ 12 million from Kdramas.
6. Jo In-sung
The #6 richest Kdrama actor is a 40-year-old Jo In-sung. Debuting in 1998 as a model clothing brand Ziozia, Jo In-sung then started his career in Korean dramas and films. Earning as much as US$ 67,000 per episode, his total earnings now is roughly US$ 12 million from Kdramas only.
5. Ji Chang-wook
Some of Ji Chang-wook’s top dramas are Suspicious Partner, The Empress Ki, and Healer. His fee in Kdrama is US$ 50,000 per episode, and the total until now is approximately US$ 12.5 million. Not only famous for his acting skill, but Ji Chang-wook is also renowned for his prettiest smile and good singing skill.
4. Lee Min-ho
Our ‘King of Rich Man‘ is indeed a rich man in real life. Lee Min-Ho earns US$ 62,000, and his total earnings until now is US$ 13 million. With his making, it is not surprising if Lee Min-ho becomes one of the richest Korean drama actors of 2021.
3. Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin’s most hit Kdrama is Crash Landing On You, which was considered as the best Kdramas of all time. The most fantastic news from the Kdrama is that Hyun Bin and So Ye-jin are dating in real life! Anyway, Hyun Bin is said to be one of the highest-paid Kdrama actors and earns US$84,000 per episode. His total earnings from Kdramas are approximately US$ 14 million until now.
2. So Ji-sub
A hardworking Kdrama actor like So Ji-sub is the second richest Kdrama actor. Ji-sub has played many leading roles in several hit Kdramas, such as I’m Sorry I Love You, Something Happened in Bali, and Master’s Sun. He earns US$ 67,000 per episode, with the total earnings from Kdramas so far US$ 24 million.
However, the money he earns doesn’t make him turn his eyes blind. In 2020, So Ji-sub donated US$ 59,000 to underprivileged kids to mark his wedding with a 26-year-old ex-reporter.
1. Kim Soo Hyun
Debuting his career in television in 2007. Kim Soo-hyun is now said to be one of the highest-paid Kdrama actors. No wonder that he becomes one of the richest Korean drama actors of 2021. Kim Soo-hyun earns around US$ 164,000 per episode, and his total making until now is approximately US$ 25 million!
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